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Martin Scorcese once again looks at the mafia and union chicanery in his highly anticipated latest creation, “The Irishman.”

The film features a marvelously understated Joe Pesci as a mobster of influence, Al Pacino as Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and Robert DeNiro as Frank Sheeran, the referenced Irish fellow, who serves both the Mafia and Hoffa.

Scorcese is a master. And he takes his time telling this tale. The film’s run time is three hours and twenty minutes. Which has been the subject of some criticism.

(Warning: This review is longer than usual too.)

There is a whole lot to like and admire about this cinematic creation.

The question is whether it is a masterpiece or not?

For an opinion on that, listen to the podcast above.

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